Volunteer with MDS
Mennonite Disaster Service is a volunteer network of Anabaptist churches dedicated to responding to natural and man-made disasters in Canada and the United States. Learn more about the volunteer opportunities below and how you can serve with MDS:
Region/Unit Volunteers - Volunteers who serve at a region or unit project which are typically more local projects that may not have overnight accommodations. Unit-level responses might include major repairs, cleanup assistance, or simply checking on a neighbor after a storm. Volunteers may also serve in officer roles such as chair or treasurer.
Early Response Team (ERT) Volunteers - ERTs travel regionally or locally to do immediate clean-up following a disaster once it has been determined by local officials that it is safe to do so.
Church Contact Person (CCP) - Connect their congregation to MDS by sharing volunteer opportunities and ways that MDS can serve their community. CCPs also inspire their congregation by sharing MDS stories and impact as well as ways that the MDS mission can be incorporated into worship or congregational life.
To learn more about local opportunities near you, contact your corresponding MDS contact person.
Daily volunteers serve on an MDS project for one or a few days and do not stay at the overnight accommodations. Daily volunteers are often local to the MDS project and are more common at a Region, Unit, or PHP project. Volunteers should confirm directly with the project or volunteer coordinator to confirm availability on the project. Registration is completed on site.
Weekly volunteers serve on an MDS project for 1-3 weeks, and participate in the construction duties on the project. Weekly Volunteers come in groups or as individuals. Visit our online calendar to view weekly volunteer opportunities and to indicate your interest in serving with MDS.
Leadership volunteers are responsible for the day to day operations of an MDS project. They work together with local community partners and homeowners, organize the work for the weekly volunteers, and ensure that all volunteers are well fed and cared for throughout their time on the project. Leadership Volunteers serve on a project for 4 weeks or more, and must go through the Leadership application process, including an interview and references. Examples of Leadership Volunteers include Project Directors, Construction Supervisors, Crew Leaders, Office Managers, and Cooks. Click here to see our current Leadership Volunteer needs.
Long-term volunteers serve on a project for 4 weeks or more (not in a leadership role), and must go through the Long-Term Volunteer application process, including an interview and references. Click here to see an overview of the application process and to contact a Volunteer Coordinator.
RV Volunteers serve on a project for 4 weeks or more in a volunteer opportunity for 55+ adults who want to help cleanup, repair and rebuild after disaster and have fun doing it. You bring your RV and provide your own food, and MDS provides an RV site and meaningful work. MDS RV projects are smaller in scale – usually 4-6 RV’s to a project for four weeks or more. The RV volunteers work four, six-hour days per week and have time to enjoy the area in their off time. Click here to see our current RV Volunteer needs.
Transportation/fleet volunteers transport vehicles, equipment, and materials to and from project sites as sites are being set up or closed down. Contact Fleet & Logistics Manager Darrin Yoder at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.